When I was a kid my parents were not fans of John F. Kennedy; nor did they trust L.B.J. But when either of these Presidents was making a speech that had been billed as important, they, and I, had to watch it.
Any parent who allows their young, impressionable ones to view a performance like that which Bush put on today, should be arrested for child abuse.
Whether you want to say that Bush's words today were lies, deceptions or misleading, or that they only reflect his ignorance does not matter. They still do obscene violence to Truth. It's not something children should be exposed to.
This was not a speech - it neither informs nor instructs. It is merely a way for Bush to get on tonight's network news talking about the war in Iraq amidst sounds of applause. He can only get such applause in front of a coerced military audience. (What do you think would happen to anyone who heckled?) It was purely an exercises in media manipulation, a publicity stunt, like the fake "town meetings" in his last campaign.
It was neither a plan nor a strategy. It was only a list of vague bullet-pointed goals. But then this is the team that gave us "The Clear Skies Initiative."
Within the first 50 words, Bush referred to 9/11. And I am counting words like "Thank You. Thank You....Please be seated."
He spoke at length about all of the great Iraqi troops that we have trained. Yet this September, General Casey, the military commander in Iraq said that previous testimony stating that there were three Iraqi units that could be called "fully capable" was wrong. In fact , he testified before the Senate, there was only one such unit.
At least Bush is consistently prone to "error." Today's words are just as valid as those he spoke in May of 2003 when he said "My fellow Americans:major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the war of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."